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Famous quotes by Ali, Foreman on an epic boxing bout

The world championship bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle' celebrates its 40th anniversary on Thursday. Here are some famous quotes by Ali and Foreman on their epic fight in Kinshasa on October 30, 1974.

other Updated: Oct 28, 2014 10:06 IST
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Five quotes by Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on their epic 'Rumble In The Jungle' fight in Kinshasa on October 30, 1974:

Ali in the buildup to the Kinshasa fight

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee - his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see."

"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and got into bed before the room was dark."

"I done something new for this fight. I wrestled with an alligator. I tussled with a whale. I handcuffed lightning, I thrown thunder in jail.

Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick."


"Muhammad amazed me, I'll admit it. He out-thought me, he out-fought me. That night, he was just the better man in the ring" - Foreman after losing the fight.

"After I lost to Ali in Zaire, I told everybody that I was robbed. The ropes were loose, the water was drugged ...Then, once I'd changed my nature, I realized what a blemish I'd put on this great man's career. Why would I go out and spit on his victory to mess up this great man's name?" Foreman in 2006 interview with Esquire magazine.

First Published: Oct 28, 2014 08:36 IST